By the year 2000, Microsoft's Windows NT will have eclipsed Novell's market-leading NetWare as the No. 1 server operating system, according to an International Data (IDC) study released this week.
By the start of the next century, Microsoft will have shipped more than 1.5 million units of Windows NT Server, while NetWare will have reached 1.4 million, the study says. Unix and IBM's OS/2 will lag behind in the No. 3 and 4 positions, reaching sales of about 928,000 and 498,000 shipments respectively, the study predicts.
Today, NetWare makes up 65% of installed LANs, according to IDC.
In the server arena, the workgroup server is currently the most competitive and fastest growing market -- more than 50% of new servers currently being sold are installed in workgroups, the study said.
The market researcher predicts that Microsoft's dominance on the corporate desktop will allow the company to take control of the workgroup server space as well.
IDC is at http://www.idcresearch.com/.